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Flu Vaccines Pushed in Churches

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Zeroing in on minorities, particularly older adults, blacks and Latinos, health officials said churches, mosques and schools are places where barriers to vaccinations can be taken down, and these minorities can be convinced to get vaccinated. Besides hosting flu shot clinics, churches can also help by putting reminders in their bulletins, and by church members personally reminding others to get their shots, officials said.

They even went so far as to encourage the churches to pay people’s insurance co-pays so they’d be more inclined to get the shots. For those who simply can’t pay anything, there’ll be 300,000 free shots given out as part of the flu vaccine crusade.

Who’s Funding This?

The original concept of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, developed in 2001, was to help community leaders enhance the 1998 Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health.

The partnership targets cancer screening, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infant mortality, HIV/AIDS and vaccinations. It also originally covered complementary and alternative health care options, although that type of care, which would include health measures other than vaccines, was not even listed as an option during this phone conference.

For at least 10 years, this collaboration of community-based volunteers, nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups worked at a grassroots level in their respective neighborhoods, funded by Congress through various health care grants.

However, in 2010 the initiative took a turn with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which moved the initiative’s management to the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, paving the way for the federal government to fund and run projects like flu clinics right in your church.

Interestingly, flu shots were already covered by most insurance plans, Medicare and the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.

But for some reason health officials have decided it’s OK to push the government into places of worship, mid-service, to sell and administer vaccines – and this no-press-allowed phone call reiterated that over and over again. I can only wonder which vaccine they’ll move into your church next, all in the name of “community health.”

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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8:26PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Churches have no place doing this.

8:15PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I see nothing wrong with the Church encouraging people to get a flu shot. Many people do not eat properly, get enough sun or take supplements to help their immune system. This is especially true of the elderly and those who cannot afford suppliments. The shots may not help everyone but it will help some. You can still get the flu after having a shot but it will be a milder form. I think that is reason enough to get the shot.
I also would encourage everyone NOT to shake hands with anyone! This is how germs are spread. Churches should do away with the "peace be with you", handshakes. You could just turn and say the words to those near you.
And to all ladies, PLEASE do not set your purse in the childs seat of a shopping cart, then go home and set your purse on the kitchen counter! You've just put a ton of germs on the counter.

3:08PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Praise the Lord and pass the Vaccinations !

6:05AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

.I won't go as far as saying that vaccines are evil or works of the devil or witchcraft

Saying witchcraft has to do with vaccine is untrue and insulting to large community of people...First of all that is defamation of character and slander since its not true. You are offending thousands of witches and pagans who are earth friendly individuals.

Just because we have the right to express ourselves in this country does not give us the right to slander other people. Reread you first amendment before someone uses it to sue you. Hopefully someone doesn't turn around and sue your for slander..or hopefully they do.

It is not very christian being so hostile.

As far as the vaccine goes...its should be something handled by doctors and it should be people's choice. Forcing religion to brain wash people with guilt is just plain wrong. I would stay clear of any church that allows itself to be used for propaganda.

Learn your bible Allie...you are sounding very hateful. Though I agree we shouldn't allow vaccines to be pushed by the church..there are other ways to convey your message.

Using religion to convey a message in any direction is poor use of religion and just down right manipulation

6:44PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

thanks for the warning :)

4:03PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

wierd

2:43PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

You cannot call yourself a christian and vaccinate yourself or your children!! http://www.theologyoftruth.com/toxic-shots.html

2:42PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

The manufacturing of vaccines is parallel to the work of witchcraft:
Raising animals to later kill for the use of their blood and or tissue
Growing dangerous foreign bacteria and viruses on animal blood/tissue
Using cells from aborted tissue of human and animal babies
combining the above with the most toxic substances of the earth (i.e. mercury-2nd to plutonium, formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, anti-freeze...etc)
And then inoculating it all into the blood stream of children and adults

Even the history of pharmacy was accompanied by incantations and spells when the "doctor" visited the sick. Sounds over the edge, but a sure fact. Read for yourself.

There are several Hebrew and Greek words which condemn the practice of witchcraft. In the Bible we find the words “witchcraft, divination, enchantments, mediums, spiritists, sorcery.” All of these practices are condemned in the strongest terms.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 "Let none be found among you that maketh his son or his daughter to go through the fire, or that useth witchcraft, or a regarder of times, or a marker of the flying of fowls, or a sorcerer, Or a charmer, or that counseleth with spirits, or a soothsayer, or that asketh counsel at the dead. For all that do such things are abomination unto the Lord, and because of these these abominations the Lord thy God doth cast them out before thee. Thou shalt be upright therefore with the Lord thy God."
2 Kings 17:17 "And they made their sons and their da

5:14PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

You fail statistics forever.

10:12AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thanks.

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